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India polls: Voters in Mumbai angered over inability to vote due to voting-list irregularities

Published on Apr 25, 2014 9:55 PM
Indian youth and first time voters posing as they show their fingers with ink mark after casting vote near a polling station during the sixth phase of the Indian General elections in Mumbai, India, on 24 April 2014. Millions of Indians voting for the sixth and second biggest phase of nine phases of polling for 117 seats spread across 12 Indian states as India's five-week parliamentary elections entered their sixth phase on April 24 with the India's Financial Capital Mumbai voting. Elections will take place in ten phases and is due to end on 12 May. -- PHOTO: EPA

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Angry voters in India's financial capital of Mumbai turned to lawyers and social media on Friday to vent anger at the election authorities, a day after thousands were reportedly unable to cast ballots due to irregularities in the voting lists.

Mumbai voters were among the 180 million people who were registered to vote in the sixth phase of India's mammoth general election on Thursday, but many were unable to cast ballots when their names were not found on the electoral lists. "I went to the booth and they could not find my name... it was disappointing, we've all been building up to this," said Mumbai resident Govindraj Ethiraj, adding that up to 20 people at his polling station had the same problem.

Mr Ethiraj said he had voted at the booth in the last three elections without any problem.

The problem also affected some well-known Mumbai residents including Mr Deepak Parekh, chairman of HDFC, one of India's biggest mortgage lenders, he told the media.

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